'West Village' on Serious Eats

Making Infused Digestifs With a Japanese Coffee Dripper at Piora, NYC

"The concept for the digestifs at Piora first came about because our head bartender, Shinya Yamao, had this idea to create a dessert cocktail featuring banana and rum but wanted to do it without any added sugar or fruit juice," explains Simon Kim, owner and general manager of Piora in New York's West Village. The logistics didn't seem clear until Yamao came across the Oji Water Dripper, a Japanese cold drip coffee machine that allows the consumer to control the level of extraction. More

First Look: Cocktails at Melibea, NYC

Drinks at the recently opened West Village restaurant are grouped not by style or ingredient but by texture, falling under one of four categories: Linen, Silk, Velvet, and Leather. Raphael Reyes, formerly of 1534 and the Experimental Cocktail Club, is head bartender, though he is quick to note that the list is very much a collaborative effort with his team, which includes veterans from Pegu Club and Pouring Ribbons. More

First Look: All of the Cocktails at the Greenwich Project, NYC

The latest from the folks behind the Mulberry Project and the Vinatta Project, this newly minted Greenwich Village spot is debuting with a cocktail list that aims to strike a balance between the accessible and the geeky. "I needed to come up with drinks that fit the season of, 'it's April, spring is here, but oh yeah, it just snowed last week,'" says cocktail director John McCarthy. His current solution for the season's bi-polar weather antics: focusing on vegetal and herbaceous flavors. More

Where to Drink in the West Village: 10 Great Cocktails

While the East Village may be the more expected destination for a cocktail-lover's night out—it's got everything from classics PDT and Death + Co. to newcomers like Booker and Dax—the West Village has its fair share of great drinks, too. You might find fewer straight-up cocktail bars, but these days we're seeing good bar programs in all sorts of places: at restaurants, at Scotch bars and wine bars and pubs. Here are 10 great drinks in the West Village for your next night out. More

The Drunk Monk at Empellón in New York

Empellón, former WD-50 and Alinea ex-pastry chef Alex Stupak's new fancy-pants West Village taqueria, is a family affair, with him at the helm in the kitchen and his wife, Lauren Resler, heading up the pastry station. Not to be discounted is Lauren's brother, Matthew Resler, who leads the ambitious bar program. If you're into margaritas, you'd do well to order the Drunk Monk ($13), an odd-sounding cross between a margarita and an egg white-based foamy sour that really works. More

Where We Drink: Anfora Wine Bar, West Village

Anfora is not a wine bar I'd recommend to everyone. If you like wine as the background music to a nice meal, and you're happiest with your regular Shiraz, you may be turned off. But if you're a little tired of everyday sipping and you want wine to surprise you, if you're willing to get a little dirty and a little funky, if you like your cheeses smelly, your chocolate salty, and your palate stretched a bit, then Anfora is the wine bar for you. More

Sugar Rush: Whole Coconut Smoothies at Lifethyme

All the way in the back of Lifethyme, a health food market in the West Village, is a juice and smoothie stand. The all-fruit and vegetable juices are ordinary, but Coconut Smoothies ($7.50) stands out from the rest. These smoothies are fruit-based, your pick from fruit choices including blueberries, strawberries, and apples. Next comes the awesome part: a whole coconut blended in with the smoothie. More

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